Rejected petition Give the people of the UK the choice to reinstate Capital Punishment in a national referendum.
The question of reinstating Capital Punishment has only ever been discussed by MPs who are proportionally less likely to be affected by major crimes and are too concerned with their consciences to make a rational decision on this matter.
The decision to reinstate Capital Punishment must be given to the people of the UK who are more likely to be affected by serious crime.
In the interests of justice, deterrent and prevention of re-offending, we want the chance to vote for reinstatement.
Why was this petition rejected?
It’s about something that the Senedd or Welsh Government is not responsible for.
The Government of Wales Act 2006 establishes the extent of the Senedd’s power to make new laws and amend existing law (also known as legislative competence). Schedules 7A and 7B of the 2006 Act set out the issues which are ‘restricted’ or ‘reserved’ - i.e. areas where the UK Parliament, not the Senedd, can legislate.
Para 4(3)(d) of Schedule 7B reserves "sentences and other orders and disposals in respect of defendants in criminal proceedings". This prevents the Senedd from modifying the suite of sentences available to a court.
As a result, it is not possible for the Senedd to take the action called for by your petition.
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You may wish to consider petitioning the UK Parliament regarding this matter instead: https://petition.parliament.uk/
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